I have written this ahead of time and placed it in a notepad file on my desktop so I may post it the moment I see the Lore Reasons suggestion thingie go up.
I endorse three options for Lore Reasons:
1. Final Fantasy 8
This is at this point the lost Final Fantasy given everything else is getting updates and rereleases except this one. I played it when I was ten with my mother, and I remember just… bonkers details. Remember when you had to climb the air to get through an invisible door to an invisible kingdom? Or that time you had to orchestrate a musical concert at a fishing outpost? How about going to space to save your girlfriend who was possessed by a sorceress? Please, explain FF8 to me, I want that candle in the dark.
2. Metal Gear
Guys, MGS is incredible, it’s deep, it’s shallow as fuck when someone with a nice ass is around, it’s deeeeply homoerotic, it’s got A plots, B plots, friggin G plots, then the metaphorical plot. And to me, it’s the story of one woman who saw the world as it should be, and how the men set to inherit her vision fucked it up and how we made it through the other side. It’s silly and inspiring and personally very influential on my life.
I am going to explain this straight with no jokes. I got into Homestuck the day it ended because I watched the final video update and went “wow that’s gorgeous and the music is good, I think I’m ready to try this.” And in my opinion, now, today, with the story essentially finished is the best time to tackle Homestuck. As an archival straight-through read, it’s incredible, and I cannot name another piece of media like it.
It is a Homeric creation myth for the internet age. It’s extremely queer. It’s some of the greatest character writing I have seen in any media ever. It takes its initially simplistic style and evolves it into some staggeringly beautiful animations. It has an entire music team to furnish it with that music. (Everyone already knows this, but Toby Fox ran the music team and gave Homestuck some of its best compositions.)
And here is why I think it would be interesting: There is a lot of hay made about how Homestuck is impenetrable and confusing. I am here to tell you no it isn’t. What made Homestuck difficult to understand was the serial updating that most of the audience experienced the story with. When you have weeks or months between updates, it does become hard to remember the langauge of Homestuck and thus lose your way. But as an archival read, there is no artifical pause button being smashed.
And what Homestuck does is, step by step, teach you a language of symbolism with which you can understand its world. And it does so naturally, with care and precision, it makes sure that by the time you reach the Major Shocking Events of the story, you have been given a new toolset that allows you to experience something remarkable.
There is nothing like it, and now that it is pretty much concluded, it is the best time to experience it. That is my pitch.
(Also, there is a chrome extension to remove the irritating “quirks” that some characters use. Also also the majority of the comic has been voice acted in “Lets Read Homestuck” which helped me at times. Also also also yes the first few acts with the r-slur, but there was clearly a point where the writer realized he needed to stop doing that, and it vanishes from the rest of the comic.)
And for the record, I think MGS is the best choice for Lore Reasons Season Two. But I wanted to give the Full Pitch for why Homestuck is interesting. Also, it’s 2019 and thinking Homestuck Is Good Actually is en vogue again, thank god.
ETA: OH ANOTHER REASON WHY MGS IS THE BEST CHOICE RIGHT NOW: You can absolutely experience MGS through cutscene videos and lets plays with a few situational exceptions.